Photographing Laurence

When I first met Laurence I immediately fell in love with her complete honest rawness. As a photographer it is hard to find someone who is so  comfortable in their own skin. Laurence is a budding young photographer and model, I have had the opportunity to photography this quirky young woman and we sat down to have a chat:

K – Hi Laurence, thanks for chatting with me today.

K – Tell me about your name?

L – My name is Laurence de Maere d’Aertrijcke. I have a long name due to my Belgian heritage, I was born in Belgium and Moved to Australia in 2001. It is a very feminine name in French, and quite common. The French masculine version is Laurent.

K – How old are you?

L – I am 20 years young.

K – When did you find the love of photography?

L – I started to take photos at a very young age, my first camera was a small benq brand point and shoot and I took it everywhere with me. Through high school, I ended up taking thousands of photographs, even if they weren’t very good I learned a lot.

In my chosen subjects I decided to join the photography class, I learned about black and white film and developing it myself, as well as editing photographs manually in the dark room. I was already hoarding a bunch of film cameras at this point and experimenting with various types of colour film.

I first began shooting with a film SLR, my dad’s Praktica bx20s with lovely metal lenses. I was in love, but could definitely not afford to develop three rolls of film every week. I tried my best to continue shooting with all kinds of film cameras, a holga 135, disderi 4 shot camera and my SLR were the favourites.

In 2010 I was gifted my very first Digital SLR, my parents bought me the most simple version, a Sony A230 at my request. I loved it like it was my baby. I grew out of it in the next few years, as I learned to shoot full manual in 2012-13 it [the Sony] was oversimplified and I was keen to find a camera useable with third party flash.

In 2012 I saved up and bought my Current camera, the Canon 60D and various lenses. I currently use Sigma lenses religiously, the 17-50mm 2.8 and 35mm 1.4 Art models the most.

K – What aspects of photography do you love the most?

L – I love the fact that a Camera can freeze a moment in time, and that it can be merged and manipulated into something else.

It’s an art form, but also a way to remember the most precious things in life. I’ll always be enchanted by the certain way the sun warms the kitchen on a Spring morning.

K – Film or digital? why?

L – If I had to choose and they were both a similar price (and I had a dark room/developing machine) I would definitely choose film. I love the texture, the double exposures, bright light leaks. However at the moment, I really enjoy the practicality of Digital photography. I can take a photo and finish it in 15 minutes, which I find is very satisfying.

K – I have photographed you a few times now, I love your rawness. have you always been so comfortable in front of the camera?

L – Thank you, when I was younger, (say, 10-15) I was very unnerved by people taking my photo, due to self esteem issues. However, as I grew older I started to care less about my physical appearance, and more about my internal issues. As I explored different styles and Haircuts, I wanted to be photographed as a memento of all the different versions of myself.

I also became much more comfortable in front of the camera as I didn’t have many friends willing to model for me at the time, and became a self portrait artist to add to my skills.

K – Is modelling a path you would like to peruse?

L – Modelling for me, is more of a self expression rather than a job. I enjoy being myself, and not having to pluck my eyebrows every week and do my nails all the time.

I would love to model for more photographers, and if I could take it professionally without being “perfect” I would. If in the future, there would be models of all shapes and sizes, with piercings, coloured hair, tattoos and hair growing in all the normal places, I would be very happy. I’m not plastic, and I don’t aspire to be. I do however, believe that Models must be healthy, not overweight, or underweight.

K – Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

L – I don’t know. I’d love to be overseas, with lots of new friends all over the globe. I will most likely be working full time (hopefully) and being a weekend warrior of photography and modelling. I don’t particularly want to work as a photographer full time as I believe I would burn out fast.

K – Thanks for taking the time to chat

L – You’re welcome, thank you!

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This shoot we decided to go for a Boho look and went for a walk around her amazing property.

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Alfred the cat followed us on our walk, so we had to incorporate him in a few shots.

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A Mini Glamour session in the studio just for something different.

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Testing out my new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens. ‘look up’

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You can find Laurence’s photography  on Facebook and her website

Her modelling page can be found on Facebook

 

 

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